Press Release

New West Symphony

Emma Pell FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 11, 2017
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Pinchas Zukerman and Joh Mauceri to Highlight New West Symphony's 23rd Masterpiece Series Season


(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – April 11, 2017) —  The New West Symphony announced today its 23rd Masterpiece Series season, packed with performances by music legends and emerging stars. Highlights of the 2017/2018 season include appearances by violin superstar Pinchas Zukerman who will conduct and perform with the orchestra, and famed Hollywood bowl music director John Mauceri who will lead the New West Symphony in a celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday. The six Masterpiece Series concerts will take place on Saturdays at 8:00pm at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and on Sundays* at 3:00pm the Oxnard Performing Arts Center.


“The New West Symphony is thrilled to bring music legends Pinchas Zukerman and John Mauceri to Ventura County this season!” said Natalia Staneva, executive director of the New West Symphony. “The 2017/2018 season is going to be very exciting for us. In addition to bringing world famous musicians to perform with us, we will also be continuing our search for a new music director this season. We will be brining back two of our candidates from the 2016/2017 season to conduct concerts in different styles. The New West Symphony performs everything from Mozart to world premiere commissions so it’s important for our audiences to see their future music director tackle different types of programs.”


The 2017/2018 season begins with a tribute to Hispanic Heritage Month with “Grand Season Opening,” which will be performed on October 7 and 8, 2017. The program includes favorites from Argentinian and Spanish composers, Piazzolla and Falla as well as symphonic classics by Mozart and Beethoven. Renowned flamenco dancer Siudy Garrido will perform the Spanish ballet, El Amor Brujo by Manuel de Falla.


One of the highlights of the season will take place on November 17 and 18 when famed Hollywood Bowl music director John Mauceri will conduct a multimedia program commemorating the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein. “Mauceri & Bernstein’s 100this presented in partnership with the Valley Performing Arts Center, the program will feature selections from West Side Story, Candide and other Bernstein favorites.


“Tchaikovsky Pathétique” will be performed on January 26 and 27, 2018. The excitement of new beginnings and endings are on display in “Tchaikovsky Pathétique” which features Tchaikovsky’s final completed symphony alongside a world-premiere commission by EMMY® Award-winning composer Bruce Broughton for the Lyris Quartet. Continuing its tradition of fostering young and rising talent, the New West Symphony is showcasing the Lyris Quartet, founded by New West Symphony Concertmaster Alyssa Park.


One of the season’s most anticipated events, “Zukerman & Forsyth” will be performed on March 10 and 11, 2018. Violin superstar Pinchas Zukerman will return for his second appearance with the New West Symphony to conduct the orchestra, as well as perform with cellist Amanda Forsyth in a program that includes Vivaldi, Couperin, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert.


“Classical Vienna” will be performed on April 14 and 15, 2018. Viennese music is on display with Austrian pianist Till Fellner, who is expected to stun audiences with his mastery of the Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 in E- at Major. Brahms and Beethoven will also be performed.


Rounding out the season will be “Virtuoso Tour de Force” which will be performed on May 12 and 13, 2018. Van Cliburn Competition gold medalist from 2009 Haochen Zhang, one of the youngest pianists to win that competition at age 19, will perform Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in a Hungarian program that also includes Kodály’s Dances from Galánta and Liszt’s Totentanz.


In the 2017/2018 season, the exciting process of featuring candidates for the New West Symphony’s new music director will continue. In this second round of evaluation, at least two music director candidates from the 2016/2017 season will return to conduct the orchestra, performing programs in distinctly different styles from the programs they conducted this season. 


Saturday performances will take place at 8:00pm at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362. Sunday performances will take place at 3:00pm at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, located at 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, CA 93030. The Oxnard performance of “Classical Vienna” will take place on Friday, April 13 at 8:00pm at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, instead of a Sunday performance.

Subscription prices range from $150 - $600 for all 6 concerts in the Masterpiece Series and can be purchased by calling 866-776-8400 or visiting  


About the New West Symphony


Founded in 1995, the New West Symphony is a professional orchestra that draws its players from the rich talent pool of professional Los Angeles-area musicians. The Symphony is the resident company of the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, and Barnum Hall in Santa Monica.  It presents six Masterpiece Series concerts annually, performing major works from the symphonic repertoire with internationally-acclaimed artists as guest soloists.  It also provides quality outreach and educational opportunities for the communities it serves through its annual Symphonic Adventures concert programs for youth, its traveling Music Van, and its New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura. More information is available at or follow us on Facebook at